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By Colonial Dental Group
July 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Straightening your teeth is easy. You may have thought it needed to be done during your early adolescent years but if you're an older teenager or adult, it's not too late. Your dentist, Dr. Alexander Quezada, of Colonial Dental Group in Glenview IL, has the solution: Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners work by applying gentle forces to teeth to move them into their right position. The flexible plastic is custom-made using specialized computer software called CAD/CAM.

Trays are replaced every two weeks as your teeth begin moving to their proper position but you must wear them about 20 to 22 hours/day for about nine months. You shouldn't remove the trays except to eat, and brush and floss. You, of course, can take them off for interviews, or other occasions, but that's unnecessary because they're transparent.

Note that your Glenview dentist is the one who can tell you how long the procedure will take and if it's the best option for you. If you have severe misalignment, traditional braces may be a better option.

Advantages of Invisalign

  • It's quite obvious that this transparent oral appliance is suitable for young adults and older teens who don't want a mouth full of metal. That's why your Glenview dentist recommends it.
  • Invisalign also works great for people who suffer from teeth-grinding at night because it can work as a nightguard to prevent damage to teeth.
  • Clear aligners are custom-made to fit over teeth, so you don't have to deal with the discomfort of metal wires irritating soft tissue.
  • The trays are removable so cleaning teeth is easier, unlike other oral appliances that trap food in metal wires and cause decay because they're not cleaned properly.
  • Special eruption tabs create more space for molars that have not fully grown in.
  • Compliance indicators built into the aligner material ensures trays are worn properly to maximize effectiveness.

Who to contact?

Contact dentist Dr. Alexander Quezada, of Colonial Dental Group at their Glenview IL office by calling (847) 729-2233 today!

By Colonial Dental Group
May 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Pain  

Root canal therapy helps you avoid tooth loss and end your pain. Could a root canal help you? Your Glenview, IL, dentists, Drs. Alexander Quezada and David Lewis of Colonial Dental Group can help determine what is causing your tooth pain. These signs and symptoms may occur if you need a root canal.

Tooth pain

You may need a root canal if the pain in your tooth is caused by inflammation or an infection in your tooth pulp. The harder dentin and enamel layers cover the soft pulp that consists of tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. We can refer patients to a specialist if a root canal is needed. During root canal therapy, the dentist removes the pulp and replaces it with a filling.

Tooth pain becomes severe and throbbing with an infection or inflammation. This isn't always the case. Even mild or intermittent pain is a sign that there's trouble deep inside your tooth. Pain increases when you chew or even press on your tooth with your finger, and after eating or drinking sugary, hot or cold substances.

Gum changes

Infection or inflammation results in gum tissue sensitivity. Make an appointment with the Glenview, IL, dental office if you notice that your gums are red, swollen, and painful. These changes are also a sign of gum disease and require prompt treatment.

Discoloration

Has your tooth darkened recently? The change in color indicates a pulp issue. Darkening is never normal and always warrants a trip to the dentist.

Abscess symptoms

An abscess occurs when you have a bacterial infection in your tooth pulp. Without treatment, the bacteria enter your bloodstream and travels to other parts of your body. Symptoms of an abscess may include severe pain in your tooth and jaw, swollen lymph nodes, fever, facial swelling, and pus or a small bump on the gum tissue near your tooth. Abscesses are dental emergencies and require immediate treatment.

Trauma

A blow to the face that damages the tooth requires a root canal. Proper treatment requires implanting the tooth.

Schedule an appointment with your Glenview, IL, dentists

Protect your smile! Call your dentists in Glenview, IL, Drs. Alexander Quezada and David Lewis of Colonial Dental Group, at (847) 729-2233 to schedule an appointment.

By Colonial Dental Group
May 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Home Oral Care  

Without proper at-home oral care, you will be spending more time in the dentist chair and more money on dental bills, not to mention the ill effects on your teeth and gums. Here are some tips for proper at-home oral care, and if you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL.

Brushing your Teeth

  • Brush your teeth each morning and each evening before you go to bed.
  • Spend a total of 2 minutes gentle brushing each surface of each tooth.
  • Grip your toothbrush firmly at a 45-degree angle.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes before eating after you brush your teeth.

Flossing your Teeth

  • Floss your teeth at least once each day.
  • Floss between all of your teeth, even at the back.
  • Wrap the floss around your first fingers and run it gently up and down your teeth.
  • Unwind clean floss as you go.
  • If you have difficulty with flossing thread, use floss picks or a water flosser.

Rinse with Mouthwash

  • After brushing and flossing, rinse with mouthwash.
  • Take a small sip of mouthwash, rinse it around your mouth for 30 seconds, and then spit.

Clean your Tongue

  • Use a tongue scraper or a small amount of toothpaste on your brush.
  • Clean your tongue with gentle, circular motions.
  • Avoid going too far back and triggering your gag reflex.
  • Rinse your mouth with water afterward.

Keep up the good work at home, and don’t forget to visit your Glenview dentist twice a year for check-ups and professional cleaning. You’ll be able to tell if your oral health is good because your teeth will be white, your gums will be pink, and your breath will be fresh.

While we are currently closed for general oral care due to the Covid-19 situation, if you are experiencing a dental emergency, our Glenview is still able to help. Call us at (847) 729-2233 if you are experiencing oral pain or other concerning symptoms.

By Colonial Dental Group
March 27, 2019
Category: Oral Health

According to the American Dental Association, 47.2 percent of adults over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis in the United States. periodontal diseasePeriodontal disease is also the leading cause of tooth-loss in adults, which is why you need to make sure you visit your Glenview, IL, dentist, Dr. Alexander Quezada, for your bi-annual dental checkup.

Periodontal Disease:

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria after someone consumes a sugar-containing meal. When teeth aren't thoroughly brushed, the buildup of plaque on teeth becomes hard tartar.

When tartar, or calculus, accumulates on your gums, you may notice swelling and your gums bleeding easily. If you start noticing these symptoms, this means you're experiencing gingivitis.

Here are some more symptoms to keep a lookout for:

  • Bad breath or bad taste that persists
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Gums that are red, bleed easily or are swollen

Reasons for Gum Disease:

Besides plaque, which is a result of poor dental hygiene, there are other factors that contribute to the increased risk of periodontal disease:

  • Crooked teeth that can't be cleaned properly
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Medications
  • Genetics

Prevention:

You should have an oral and dental examination at your Glenview family dentist's office every six months. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day; brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush. In addition to brushing, flossing daily, before going to bed, will help remove food debris, and reduce the buildup of plaque.

In addition to oral hygiene, avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy. Resort to a healthier diet, like apples and carrots which help scrape off tartar from the surface of your teeth, and drinking water, which can wash away food particles.

If you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexander Quezada for a bi-annual checkup or because you suspect you may be suffering from gum disease, call (847) 729-2233. His office is conveniently located in Glenview, IL, so don't hesitate to visit your dentist as soon as possible.

By Colonial Dental Group
January 29, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic method for straightening your smile. Invisalign functions similarly to braces by exerting gentle Invisalignpressure on the teeth to gradually move them into the desired position over time. Where Invisalign differs is the use of soft, flexible aligner trays in place of hard brackets and wires to move the teeth. At Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, Dr. Alexander Quezada is more than happy to use Invisalign to improve your smile quickly and discreetly.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign utilizes sets of aligner trays to straighten the teeth, with each set including two trays. One tray fits over the top arch of teeth, while the other tray fits over the bottom arch. These trays are custom created for each patient, and a new set is provided every few weeks. With each new set of trays, the teeth move closer to the final position. On average, it takes about twelve months for the teeth to be fully straightened with Invisalign. Your Glenview dentist can discuss with you the estimated length of time needed to straighten your teeth with Invisalign.

Benefits of Invisalign

You can enjoy several benefits when you choose Invisalign to straighten your smile. A major benefit of Invisalign is that it is discreet. The aligner trays are made from a clear plastic material so they are not easily noticed by others when smiling, talking, or eating. Additionally, the plastic material used to make the aligner trays is soft and flexible, making them a more comfortable option than the hard brackets and wires associated with braces, which can sometimes poke and irritate the mouth and gums.

Another major benefit of Invisalign is that the aligner trays are removable. They can be temporarily taken out when eating and drinking to prevent bits of food from getting trapped in between the trays and teeth. The trays can also be removed to brush and floss for easier oral hygiene. For individuals with braces, it is not always easy an easy task trying to brush and floss around the brackets and wires. Invisalign eliminates such oral hygiene challenges, making it much easier to maintain optimal oral hygiene while simultaneously straightening your smile.

With Invisalign, you can comfortably attain a straighter smile and experience a boost in confidence, as well. For Invisalign in Glenview, IL, schedule an appointment with Dr. Quezada or Dr. Lewis by calling Colonial Dental Group at (847) 729-2233.